Slava Volman of Shooting Stars Daycare Encourages Diet Changes after New Study Shows Connection between Kids’ Sodium Intake and Risk for Developing High Blood Pressure

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A new study shows a link between children and teenagers’ increased sodium intake and their risk of developing high blood pressure, which grows if the child or teen is overweight or obese. Slava Volman, a day care provider and educator, encourages parents and caretakers to help kids make changes to improve their diets and overall health.

New research from the CDC demonstrates a connection between children and teenagers' high sodium intake and their risk for developing high blood pressure as adults. The study found that kids and teenagers who consumed more sodium were at risk for developing high blood pressure. This was especially true if the child or teenager was already overweight or obese. Slava Volman, a daycare provider who believes in feeding the children he cares for a nutritious diet, feels that the research points out where major changes are needed in children’s diets.

The study, which was discussed in an article on WebMD, explains that the average sodium intake among children and teenager was many times, just as high as that of adults. Most of the sodium people consume comes from processed, packaged, or restaurant food, and not from salt.

Elena V. Kuklina, a doctor and CDC nutritional epidemiologist who co-authored the study, explains that high blood pressure is becoming more and more common among American children. Diets that are high in sodium may contribute to this increase. The article explains that the average daily intake of sodium among the children and teens observed in the study was 3,400 mg. This is the equivalent of approximately two teaspoons of salt. This amount is also more than double the maximum of 1,500 mg of sodium that the American Heart Association has established as a goal for children and adults.

Kuklina says, “We clearly need to reduce sodium intake at the population level. We can do this by eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods.”

Slava Volman is a day care provider who values serving homemade meals made with fresh ingredients to every child at his facility. He says, “This study reinforces how important it is for children and teens to eat healthy, fresh meals. While fast food and packaged items are often convenient, now we’re seeing just how damaging these things are to our kids. It’s up to parents and caretakers to teach them about healthy food choices, and provide these selections for them.”

While the possible link between sodium intake and high blood pressure is important, other people are focusing more on other elements of the study. Pediatric cardiologist Stephen R. Daniels of the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that the findings that overweight kids may be the most at risk has public health implications. He went on to say that he is seeing more and more kids with high blood pressure in his practice.

Slava Volman says, “Years ago, high blood pressure was something only older adults had to worry about. Now it’s becoming a growing problem for our children. We need to take care of this concern before it continues to grow. As parents and teachers and caregivers, it’s our responsibility to make sure that our kids grow up healthy and with well-developed behaviors on how to take care of their bodies.”


Slava Volman is the owner and founder of Shooting Stars Daycare. The facility focuses on providing a personalized and educational experience for each child. Shooting Stars’s curriculum revolves around hands-on experiences, including plenty of field trips. The center provides care to children of a variety of ages.

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